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Law firm recruitment: ‘Poshness test’ is bias, pure and simple

When will reports of the elite getting the country's top jobs become a thing of the past, asks Kevin Poulter

19 June 2015

'By 'eck. Did tha si news that them wiyan accent are missin' tha chance wi top jobs? Dunt semuch f'me prospects int' City.'

Not quite my Yorkshire accent, but one that is certainly familiar to me. News that those with accents and deemed to be from less desirable schools are missing out on the most prestigious jobs in the top law firms shouldn't surprise us, but the scale of the so-called 'class ceiling' has caused widespread national concern. How fleeting the consternation is will depend on the news cycle, but as a profession it seems we are still not doing enough to break down the barriers of social immobility, and this affects us all.

An off-the-record 'poshness test' has been described as taking place in firms, which, in effect, acts as a bar to working-class people accessing opportunities generally available to the more 'well-bred' among u...

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